Work on water treatment plants in four Northern Manitoba communities and on roads in three others were among 33 northern capital projects the provincial government funded this year.
Overall, $3.9 million was invested in the infrastructure projects, nearly $2.5 million of it spent on a waste disposal site in Waterhen.
“Supporting our northern communities with essential infrastructure like additional roads and water treatment plants greatly impacts and benefits the well-being of Manitobans living in these communities. These projects also have a positive effect on the strengthening and rebuilding of the provincial economy as a whole,” said Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke in a March 4 news release. “I am pleased to have worked together and across departments to bring these capital projects to fruition; when communities are strong, Manitoba is strong.”
Projects funded north of the 53rd parallel included $175,700 for the demolition of the water treatment plant in Granville Lake, $129,000 for community roads in Moose Lake, $120,000 for community roads in Cormorant and $100,000 for a fire hall and a water treatment plant roof in Easterville. $60,301 went to a water treatment plant upgrade in Nelson House and $50,000 towards lagoon road upgrades in Wabowden. Another $7,000 was spent on water treatment plant repairs in Norway House.
“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure across the province,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “Reliable infrastructure plays a critical role to the continual movement of essential items and is vital for the long-term sustainability in Manitoba’s business and trade sectors.”